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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
August 4
On the Coronation of Queen Victoria
By Jedediah Vincent Huntington (1815–1862)
August 4, 1838

WITHIN the minster’s venerable pile
  What pomps unwonted flash upon our eyes!
  What galleries in gold and crimson, rise
Between the antique pillars of the aisle,
Crowded with England’s gayest life; the while        5
  Beneath, her dead, unconscious glory lies;
  Above, her ancient faith still seeks the skies;
And with apparent life doth well beguile
Our senses in that ever-growing roof;
  Whence on the soul return those recollections        10
Of her great annals—built to be time-proof,
  Which chiefly make this spot the fittest scene
Wherein to consecrate those new affections
  We plight this day to Britain’s virgin queen.

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